The route from the back of the park to Baby Beach is marked in a couple places, but not all the way. We first stopped where I think may have been Boca Grande but I am not really sure. We didn't go in the water, just admired the views. We had a map showing basic locations of things but it was no road map, thats for sure. I have a good Aruba road map tucked nicely away at home...oops. We drove to Rogers Beach but were both,too excited and just wanted to get back to Baby Beach so we headed over there. It was only our 2nd time here, and it has been since 2011. It did not disappoint. The water was so clear and there a ton of fish. We rented chairs here for $8 each. You can rent 2 chair and a little shade cabana shell for $47 a day. We werent planning to stay long so we opted for just chairs, which was probably a waste since we coukdnt just lay out there and bake like a chicken...the Aloe Man still has us laughing about that saying. After snorkeling we relaxed for a bit then went into Big Mammas. It was 12:30 and they werent serving food yet. We never ate breakfast so at this point we were hungry. It also poured down raining pretty hard for about 15,minutes. We had 2 drinks and waited. We shouldnt have, it wasnt worth it. Jon had read somewhere that the food was good, and he doesnt make too many suggestions so when he does, I go with it. The food here was nothing special, mostly fried. We had these fried seafood sandwiches with calamri rings, one shrimp, and 2 fish stick type things. It came with a small bunch of lettuce with one cucumber, which they called salad, and 3 small round pieces of plantains. Here is the kicker, with the tip our bill was $75, for 2 mixed drinks, 2 non alcohol drinks, and 2 sandwich platters. We wont go back. The one waitress seemed like it was a bother to serve us, but the other waiter was funny and nice. My advice, skip it.
Next up we,were off to find Mangel Halto. Using our landmark map with a few roads on it we were able to find it, but it wasnt easy. We were cery proud of ourselves. What a beautiful place! Its not like any other beach on the island that we've seen. We walked all around and,decided to snorkel a bit. Word of advoce from a big dummy. Never use concrete steps with no handrail into the ocean. I slipped,and bruised my backside but Im fine, the one good thing about having a lot of padding back there. My pride is hurt more than anything. Why I didnt just walk in from the shore is beyond me. Jon was getting in from the dock and I was so eager to get in, I just went for it. We didnt have fins, just snorkels and masks. We also both gre up on the water and have a lot of respect for it. Since we didnt know the currents or how far we could safely go out we stayed close to shore. We saw a small barracuda and lots of little bait fish. Next time as soon as I book my flight, my next email will be,to Aruba Bob! We saw Kent bringing in an afternoon group and we were,so jealous. I wasnt close enough to say hi and didnt want to interrupt his tour. We heard a little of the intro to using the snorkel gear and let me just say I was impressed with the level of attention and detail the customers were getting. Next year, we are in!
At this point we left , and needed gas. Between trying to avoid traffic and find a gas station we got all turned around. We were both a little hot and got a little frustrated but finakly found our way back to familiar surroundings. We still had 2 hours,but Jon was tired of driving and we weren't sure where else to go so we decided to turn on the Rhino and get cooled,down.
Dinner was early, a return to Tango where we had a combination that inckuded filet, shrimp and lobster tail. It was so much food. We really enjoyed Tango, and its so close,to our hotel which is a bonus for us.
After dinner we headed to Bugaloe for drinks. I have not been impressed with the bartenders this visit. They always seem to be in a rush, yet we sat with empty drinks,and no one noticed. They made no effort to even say hello and it wasnt that busy. We noticed the bartender we liked in previous years hasnt been here on our few visits but I cant remember his name and its not like any of the others have shown any interest in answering any questions anyway. We left after one drink. I will stick to Pelicans Pier.
It was an early night for us. Im trying not to think about our rapidly approaching depature. Getting ready for a relaxing day on the beach and saying see ya later to a few friends.
Woke up in the morning to a little rain but since we reserved the Rhino atv again. The weather didn't even phase us, plus we could tell from the surrounding sky that it was going to clear up and it did. We had another on time pick up from George's cycles. We had consided a car rental but had so much fun on that we dod it again. Definitely not the economical choice, but way more fun. We drove a similar route as Tuesday but skipped the typical stops and headed for the park. The ride was muddy and bumpy and just how we like it. I made some videos and will post when we get home if there is anything worth seeing on them. Our first stop was Boca Prins for breathtaking scenery. Just seeing the power of the seas up close and personally, I was in awe. This is NOT a place to get in the water. The cost to get in the park is $10 per person, which is a little steep for what we did. We were basically just passing through since we were just there few days ago. We did ride the trails a little bit, saw a ton of goats.
From there we drove the path near the massive windmills and out the back exit towards Baby Beach.
More to come...
Last I knew you can avoid the $10pp fee by telling them that you're going to the restaurant in the park for lunch. We did it in March of this year.
Started the morning with room service breakfast, which was a nice relaxing treat. Spent the day on the beach enjoying the sun and water and finishing up some of the drinks we brought with us. Lunch was at Bugaloe. The grilled cheese sandwich is,served open faced with gouda on french bread, and its only $4. Jon had grouper ceviche. This is a great lunch spot.
We wrapped up our beach day close to 4 and headed to Pelican Pier for our last happy hour and appetizers. No jumping since we were already dressed, but others were. Walked back on the street side, and stopped at Casa Tua to try the pizza. We said we wouldn't ever eat pizza in Aruba because we eat too much at home but we had to try it after our friends review. We shared one with gouda and shrimp. The crust is thin which we prefer, it was very good.
Stopped by the casino for one last donation.
The last day is so bitter sweet. We wanted to make the most of it but there is a cloud of saddness that just hovers. We spent much of the day planning next year's trip so that helps.